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NAMI Webinar: Vaccine Science, A history of distrust & discrimination for people with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will look at the science behind vaccines, specifically addressing the COVID-19 vaccine, in their Ask the Experts webinar on Thursday.

The webinar, at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28, brings together five academic and medical experts to discuss the “evolving science of vaccines, barriers to access, and the presence of medical skepticism in marginalized communities,” according to a NAMI summary.

Panelists include:

  • Gail Daumit, MD, MHS, FACP, Director, ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;

  • Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, MBBS, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;

  • William Lawson, MD, Ph.D., DLFAPA, Founder and Director, Institute for Reducing Disparities LLC; and,

  • Jeremiah Rainville, CCHW, CPRS, CCSP, CAMHFA, NAMI Peer Leadership Council Manager.

The discussion will be moderated by NAMI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth.

If you’d like to know more about the COVID vaccine, and vaccines in general, including challenges that those with mental illness have experienced in accessing them, you can register here.

The two-hour event will also be recorded and posted to NAMI’s website a few days after it takes place.

For additional details, see the NAMI website or email your questions to

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